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George won the 2008 Indianapolis Prize for lifetime achievement in convervation. Click here for a video.
A Life in the Wild
* Kirkus starred review
* Booklist starred review
* Northern California Book Award
* NSTA Recommended Book
* Kirkus Best Book for Young Adults
* NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
* 2009 Cybils Award nominee
* Beehive Book Award nominee
* Booklist Top Ten Sci-Tech Book for Youth
Kirkus starred review:
"In this gracefully written biography of naturalist and conservationist George Schaller, Turner focuses on six particular studies selected from more than 50 years of travel and research aimed at protecting not just signature species but whole ecosystems in remote parts of the world. Organizing her material both topically and chronologically, she covers his education and early research on the Alaskan North Slope, and work with gorillas, tigers, lions, snow leopards, pandas, asses and antelopes in Asia and Africa... Sketches and pages from the scientist’s field notes also decorate the pages, giving readers an intimate sense of how this scientist works. This introduction to an environmental hero, the first for young readers, is timely and inspiring."
"Pamela Turner has an uncanny ability to translate her careful research of Schaller's scientific insights and methods into an engrossing set of stories that are bound to leave a lasting impression on readers."
"Turner's stirring portrait spotlights a scientist's invaluable contributions to animal study; the gritty, thrilling particulars of fieldwork; and the urgent necessity to protect wild creatures and their habitats."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books:
“Turner neatly blends lively accounts of Schaller’s life in various wildernesses with wife and kids with more serious discussion of his work and seminal discoveries about animal behavior...Fans moving beyond the Scientists in the Field series wil find this just the more in-depth but still personal account of exciting scientific practice that they've been seeking.”
“Perhaps no other scientist has done more for wildlife conservation than George Schaller...Animal lovers and conservation-minded students will enjoy this excellent introduction to Schaller and his ideas.”